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What is it that makes the wachau GOURMETfestival so special?

Really, the question is not "Why is a gourmet festival held in the Wachau?" The question should be: "Where else would a gourmet festival be held if not in the Wachau?"

There are many reasons to pick the Wachau as the setting for culinary events. On the one hand, there is the surrounding countryside, which was included on the world heritage list a few years ago. On the other, there is the high density of top restaurants, bolstered the many toques won by their chefs. Last but not least, the Wachau, as an internationally acclaimed wine-growing area, is an excellent place to enjoy wine. "Enjoy where enjoyment arises!" is the motto of the wachau GOURMETfestival.

Erwin Goldfuss, manager of the LW Werbe- und Verlagsgesellschaft agency which organises the event, explains: "The events which we are planning for the wachau GOURMETfestival are as diverse as the culinary delights on offer in the Wachau. But they have all one thing in common: they meet the highest quality standards while reflecting regionality. At the same time, they represent culinary events which are truly unique in this form." To Bernhard Schröder, manager of the tourist board of Danube/Lower Austria, the wachau GOURMETfestival represents an important step towards establishing a regional identity: "The Wachau already offers an unbelievable density of culinary highlights. The festival will present this expertise in concentrated form to make epicureanism visible and bring enjoyment to life, far beyond the region."